American Cream Ale or Lager
A mild, pale, light-bodied ale, made using a warm fermentation (top or bottom) and cold lagering. Hop bitterness and flavor range from very low to low. Hop aroma is often absent. Sometimes referred to as cream ales, these beers are crisp and refreshing. Pale malt character predominates. Caramelized malt character should be absent. A fruity or estery aroma may be perceived. Diacetyl and chill haze should not be perceived. Sulfur character and/or sweet corn-like dimethylsulfide (DMS) should be extremely low or absent from this style of beer.
Origin: North American
Recommended Glassware: Mug or Stein or Stange
Original Gravity (ºPlato): 1.044-1.052 (11-13 ºPlato)
Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato): 1.004-1.010 (1-2.5 ºPlato)
Alcohol by Weight (Volume): 3.4-4.5% (4.2-5.6%)
Bitterness (IBU): 10-22
Color SRM (EBC): 2-5 (4-10 EBC)
Sub-style guidelines used with permission of the Brewers Association, www.beertown.org.